Projects in the Amazon


Protecting the Amazon from forest fires (2015 ~)

Within the indigenous territories of the Xingu River basin, forest fires have been occurring more frequently during the dry season, from April to September. The reasons for increasing fires are the rapid aridification of the forests caused by the loss of trees and dry hot air sweeping in from vast agricultural farmland surrounding the indigenous territories.

The Amazon rainforest was once fire-proof thanks to its dense canopy that retained moisture, but the rapid loss of forests is drying out the land and making it easier for wildfires to start. Fires start from careless use of fire for pasture management or by illegal intruders hunting for and extracting gold, precious wood, animals and fish.

In response to these threats, young members of the Kayapo and Udja tribes decided to form fire brigades to protect their forest from fire. The forest is closely linked to and essential for their daily lives so the whole community takes this project very seriously.

Building upon this project, fire brigade members also started planting trees on burnt land for reforestation. By planting indigenous trees that are commercially valuable as cosmetic ingredients, they hope and plan to make this project economically self-sufficient in the future.

What we do

  • Provide fire-fighting materials and equipment
  • Construct fire brigade stations
  • Dispatch professional fire fighters from the state of Mato Grosso for fire-fighting technical training
  • Leadership training for youth

Where we work

Capoto/Jarina indigenous territory

Tribes we support

Kayapo and Yudja

Economic Independence Project – Apiculture

Creating sustainable self-sufficient economy (2010 ~)

As contact with Brazilian society increases, the monetary economy is spreading to these traditional indigenous societies. In order to cope with Brazilian society and the monetary economy, the indigenous people are now required to create their own economic means that do not harm their traditional values and also utilize the forest instead of harming it.

Some tribes from the upper Xingu River basin started apiculture which utilizes the precious Amazon forest resources. They had been using wild honey traditionally, but by introducing modern apiculture technology they are now able to produce honey more productively and sustainably. They also work with other NGOs in Brazil to secure distribution routes and to put honey on the market. Since 2018, some communities have succeeded in completing all the necessary steps, including government certification required by the Food Sanitation Law, and have started distributing honey on the market.

This apiculture project could help protect and restore the Amazon forests and indigenous people are eager to further development this ecologically and ethically sustainable project.

What we do

  • Provide apiculture materials and equipment
  • Dispatch apiculturist for periodical technical trainings
  • Work with other NGOs in Brazil to realize marketing and distribution
  • Construction of apiaries that comply with government certification requirements
  • Leadership and management training for indigenous apiculturists

Where we work

Xingu Indigenous Park

Tribes we support

Kalapalo, Matipu, Yawalapiti, and Waura

Projects in the past

Afforestation Project

Education Project

Economic independence Project for Women

Culture Preservation and Inheritance Project

Mercury Contamination Measures

Medical Support Project

Activities in Japan
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